April 5th, 2010
07:06 PM ET

Video shows journalists' deaths in Iraq

One of two photojournalists killed in a 2007 attack by a U.S. helicopter gunship in Iraq was being rescued when the gunship's crew fired on the van to which he was being carried, according to footage posted online Monday.

Reuters photographer Saeed Cmagh survived an initial strafing by the Apache gunship's 30 mm machine gun, but apparently died when the gunship opened fire on people attempting to get him off the sidewalk where he lay, according to the video. The aerial footage was posted by the Web site WikiLeaks, which said the video remains classified and "clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers."

WikiLeaks is a site that publishes anonymously submitted documents, video and other sensitive materials.

Read the full CNN.com story

– CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

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  1. Evan

    Those guys train day in and out with that equipment, they could tell there were kids in the darn van, they are just so anxious to shot, they don't care. I deployed to Iraq in 2003, so you can call me a judger or whatever, I know the S.O.P's, this is a display of a pure lack of discipline and respect. They were laughing at the van with a hole in the windshield while two children lay bleeding to death. Karma.............

    April 5, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Evan

    Well the soldier on the radio lied when he called over that they were picking up weapons, and while he was cursing "let us shoot" he could clearly see children in the van picking up wounded. As for the journalist they should of known what they were into, but the men in that AH64 clearly just wanted to shoot, and yeah you must have a positive id on a target before you engage. Ever heard of the rules of engagement. The only reason you shoot with no id, is when the enemy is armed,Hence when he says picking up bodies and weapons he was trying to get permission to shoot and he knows he will get this by saying weapons are involved but those people and children in the van picking up the wounded journalist were obviously not armed, though that is what was reported. Those guys play too many video games.

    April 5, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. beeleevr

    My God! The US is negligent in everything they do! They cannot even fight on the ground like real men. They fly high in the air like flying chickens. and are trigger happy as if they are playing a video game. They send unmanned aircraft to fight for them because they are not real men. They cover up everything and lie about any situations just like the Israelis do. That's where they get it from. They are one in the same. God will punish them all for sure! I am comfortable knowing they will burn in hell for their deeds here.

    April 5, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Allan

    Cheap reporting for CNN. Reporters were in a war zone, they don't get exemptions. How about reporting what was going on 20-30 minutes before this incident? If you've ever been close to a story later reported by media you would know that reporting is frequently incomplete and often subtly slanted.

    April 5, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fredd

    Shame on you US!
    Killing civilans, really brave and heroic.
    Reminds me of My Lai.
    God bless America!

    April 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Guy

    Ridiculous to expect anyone not to target people carrying cameras among hostiles, what if they are there for propaganda to show their victory over dead Americans bodies. Very sad for the journalists but when you go with people carrying RPGs trying to shoot me you should expect to get hit as well.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JD

    "Ridiculous to expect anyone not to target people carrying cameras among hostiles..."

    Who's to say with any certainty that they WERE hostiles? That was simply the assumption that got them all killed in the first place.

    For armed hostiles, they certainly weren't showing much concern about the presence of circling military helicopters.

    April 6, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Belgian

    What is all this denial:

    - they were NOT carrying RPG's, so don't go on mentioning that they had...

    - in any fight or war: shooting on someone evacuating injured people is a crime by any standards. If it would have been insurgents shooting on injures soldiers you would hear the cries of outgrage and the 'let's kill them all' throughout the US. One of the main reasons why the US governement is unwilling to recognize the international court of justice...

    April 7, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Guy

    All I'm saying is that a camera will not save your life in a war zone and you should not expect it to. I saw it again and still it looks like RPG to me. I may be wrong, the soldier there may be wrong as well. But you act according to what you believe at the moment to be true, and not according to what you guys may analyze later on from your living rooms.

    April 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gene

    Soldiers are trained to kill. When you sanction war you sanction that killing. Thanks Wikileaks for getting these images of war out. I strongly believe that people should be aware of the reality of war (not the movie glorified version), and should hesitate before supporting a war.

    More than half of America was pro sending these troops in to war. Take part of the blame yourselves and don't put it all on the soldiers.

    Those soldiers will carry what they did with them.

    April 9, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. brandon

    The one question I have is how did WikiLeaks get a hold of a military video. People should comment on what our troops did. They did what they were ordered to do, and for the people who are against war and would never serve your country. I can careless of what you think.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
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